On top of this, Captain Marvel is the female-driven Marvel film that we've been waiting for.
I loved every minute of Captain Marvel, a superhero who breathes fresh air into the Marvel universe in this superb standalone film from start to finish.
Brie Larson wouldn't be surprised if "Captain Marvel" went on to be the "biggest feminist movie of all time". But as her mentor Yon-Rogg constantly reminds her, she must learn to control her emotions (silly girl!), and she also needs to reconcile her past and learn her true goal in life by connecting with a higher power known as the Supreme Intelligence, which takes on the form of Annette Bening when Vers communicates with her. He's intimidating, has cool shape changing power, and is a visually impressive character.
Assuming you've all seen Avengers: Infinity War, you'll know Thanos has wiped out the Avengers, and just before Agent Fury is eviscerated, he signals to Captain Marvel. I actually looked up a current pic of him after the screening I saw and it was jarring. Mendelsohn, again, is a hoot as Talos - a genuinely unexpected shift from numerous villains he's played in recent films - while Jude Law offers a slick, authoritative but charming turn as Yon-Rogg, the teacher trying not to be obliterated by his student. There's a lot of things I definitely did not see coming and was glad to be completely wrong about a number of things that I expected to see walking into this one. Captain Marvel isn't a awful movie. In fact, backlash against star Brie Larson touting her efforts to make sure the film was "a big feminist movie" and the press junket wasn't "overwhelmingly white male" got bad enough that Rotten Tomatoes decided to make some big changes. He's younger, naïve, and less battle tired.
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What is left to say about Nick Fury after all of these movies? But on the other hand, the film's soundtrack could be a bit of a weakness. You notice it at first, then quickly forget Jackson is painted in pixels as the adventure unfolds. Vers struggles to harness her powers, and Jude Law's Yon-Rogg is the Starforce commander who teaches her very early on that she needs to learn to control her impulses, to think with her head, not her heart in order to be the best version of herself. It's a pale imitation of the more dynamic musically-driven battle sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok. Goose the Cat and Ben Mendelsohn's Talos. With this duo at the center, Captain Marvel seamlessly moves from road movie, to heist film, to mystery thriller. Moreover, Stan Lee's cameo is a bittersweet moment.
In the last decade, Captain Marvel has become a prominent character in Marvel comics. The first half of the film is simply average and in a lot of ways felt like an episode of a generic sci-fi TV show. Honestly, it's one of the best things that help to give this film a 1990s feel. The action scenes are also disappointingly average. But you haven't seen her.
The story gets a tad confusing as it flashes back and forth in time.
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So, Marvel executives, what are you waiting for? Captain Marvel, like many MCU movies, sometimes labors under the weight of having to tell its own story while still connecting to the larger, ongoing saga, but it has no issues with justifying its main character: We see in her eyes, from the first second, what's different about her. The relationship between Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Carol Danvers is attractive to watch, and something missing from a lot of films. Does that mean I don't understand why other women feel strongly about Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel? No. (Shall we count how many movies it took to get to this place, babies?) Yeah, well, too damn bad. "Got a smile for me?" The movie more than sells itself, from Larson on down. I look forward to seeing how Captain Marvel comes into play in "Avengers: Endgame".